Students and teacher in the Discovery Lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hour-long Discovery Lab classroom programs provide students with a fun, hands-on introduction to some of Monterey Bay's most precious habitats and the animals that live there. Using live marine invertebrates and the processes of science, students develop an appreciation and understanding of their connection to the ocean. The program includes self-guided time at the Aquarium.

Group Information:

Minimum 15 students, maximum 35 students

Maximum of 12 adults, including teachers allowed in each classroom (extra adults may meet the group after the program ends).

Discovery Labs are recommended for special needs groups. Special needs groups with fewer than 15 students may visit.

A maximum of three consecutive grade levels can be accommodated in one Discovery Lab. Siblings not enrolled in the class with the reservation are not allowed to participate in the program.

Program Times (Mon.-Fri.):

9:15-10:15 a.m.
10:45-11:45 a.m.
12:15-1:15 p.m.

Arrival Time:

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 9:15 a.m. is 9:00 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 10:45 a.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium at the end of the program.

The scheduled arrival time for labs starting at 12:15 p.m. is 10:25 a.m. Your group can explore the Aquarium prior to the program.

If you arrive after your designated arrival time, we may not be able to accommodate your students.


Program Options

Students in the discovery lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Amazing Animal Adaptations

What helps an animal survive at the rough and turbulent rocky shore? What makes an animal better adapted to the shifting sands of the beach? Close observations of rocky shore and sandy beach animals help students understand animal adaptations as they utilize science process skills.
California Science Standards

Grade 3: 3a, 3b, 5c
Grade 4: 3a, 3b, 6a
Grade 5: 6g, 6h

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Students in the Discovery Lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Kelp Forest Connections

Students work to solve the "Case of the Missing Kelp" through close observation of kelp forest animals and their adaptations for feeding. Students make predictions then look for evidence about animal consumer types. Students will use the processes of science to explore the complexity of kelp forest food webs.
California Science Standards

Grade 3: 3a, 3c, 5c
Grade 4: 2b, 3b, 6a
Grade 5: 6g, 6h

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